By Brian Fenn on May 9, 2012.
Core pieces exist in almost every controls project. As we have discussed before, standards are used to keep these pieces consistent from system to system. Given a baseline of information, an exact procedure is followed to produce the various outputs required for the project. In 1995, Avanceon automated that process around the tools and technologies of the day through a software tool we called AutoGen. I/O lists and PLC rack layouts were among the information put into a MSAccess database to generate the documentation, drawing and controls outputs, the latter of which centered around register based PLC code and corresponding HMI tags. Over the years we have updated the output to be compatible with more modern technologies as well with ControlLogix PLC code and object creation and configuration directly in the Galaxy. However, the core design based around the I/O point limits the potential impact this tool can have on a project. As the technologies and architectures have changed, we needed to upgrade our AutoGen tool to allow us to maximize our efficiency. Thus producing, AutoGen 2.0.